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May 5, 2020 8:31 PM CST
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Name: Laura V
Kansas (Zone 6b)
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So, I would love to collect some literary iris for a themed bed. It's kind of hard to search through some 80,000 possible cultivars for potential literary references so I thought I'd check to see if anyone is already familiar with irises that are named after authors, books, literary terms, etc. I know there are probably a few Harry Potter and Lord of the Ring names and those are fine but also others. I'm already aware of:

Gape Expectations
Moby Grape
Moby Dick
Great Gatsby
Poesie
Edgar Poe

I would LOVE to find any references to Jane Austen novels or other notable female authors/poets.
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May 6, 2020 12:36 AM CST
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Seed Starter


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Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Persuasion')

I don't read fiction and I'm not familiar with any titles. I just googled Jane Austen and then googled some of her titles with the word iris in front of them and found these four pretty quickly.

To see who sells these irises in USA, try TBfinder
http://www.tbfinder.com/
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May 6, 2020 8:04 AM CST
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
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There's also 'Mansfield Park', 'Northanger Abbey' [both J.C. Taylor 2014] and 'Jane's Emma' [G. Grosvenor 2016] but no pictures in the database.










Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Great Expectations')

Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Sherlock')

Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Kapitan Nemo')

Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Jules Verne')





Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Orient Express')



Intermediate Bearded Iris (Iris 'Alice in Wonderland')



'War and Peace' (no pic in the NGA database), a true classic, but might be hard to find as it was introduced back in1943. Same with 'Bronte' from 1939, 'The Raven' 1944, and 'Oliver Twist' from 1933.

I'm sure there are many, many more...
Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice!
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May 7, 2020 8:29 AM CST
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Garden Photography Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Region: Japan Region: Pennsylvania
Here are some "literary" cultivars done by Sterling Innerst.

Harry Potter names

Muggles
Dumbledore
Grindelwald

CS Lewis inspired

Narnia
Orknies

Lewis Carroll

Jabberwacky
(Monty Python group also made a movie with this name!)

Other authors........

Pippi Longstocking
Ameilia Bedelia
Bunnicula
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May 7, 2020 8:37 AM CST
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Garden Photography Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Region: Japan Region: Pennsylvania
Muggles

Innerst 2000 SDB

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May 7, 2020 8:39 AM CST
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Garden Photography Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Region: Japan Region: Pennsylvania
Dumbledore

Innerst 2000 IB



PS. Notice that Sterling introduced both Dumbledore and Muggles in the same year! Smiling
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May 7, 2020 8:41 AM CST
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Garden Photography Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Region: Japan Region: Pennsylvania
Grindelwald

Innerst 2000 IB

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May 7, 2020 8:42 AM CST
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Garden Photography Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Region: Japan Region: Pennsylvania
Bunnicula

Innerst 1991 IB

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May 7, 2020 8:44 AM CST
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Garden Photography Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Region: Japan Region: Pennsylvania
Amelia Bedelia

Innerst 1992 IB

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May 7, 2020 8:50 AM CST
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Garden Photography Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Region: Japan Region: Pennsylvania
Pippi Longstockings

Innerst 1985 SDB

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May 7, 2020 8:52 AM CST
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Garden Photography Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Region: Japan Region: Pennsylvania
Narnia

Innerst 1985 SDB

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May 7, 2020 8:57 AM CST
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Garden Photography Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Region: Japan Region: Pennsylvania
Tow additional cultivars that he hybridized but there are no pictures of them:

Jabberwocky
Innerst 1980 SDB

Orknies
Innerst 1999 SDB
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May 7, 2020 8:56 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Tri Cities, WA (Zone 6b)
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Sterling Innerest was a teacher, by the way.
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May 8, 2020 9:44 PM CST
Thread OP
Name: Laura V
Kansas (Zone 6b)
Bulbs Daylilies Hibiscus Hostas Irises Garden Procrastinator
Region: Kansas
Thank you so much! I think it looks like I've got some b/s/t scouring to do! I'm super excited to start my literary iris bed!
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